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Meet Diahann Thomas of Divine Personal Chef Svs in Smyrna

Today we’d like to introduce you to Diahann Thomas.

Born in Muskegon, MI Chef Divine (Diahann) has always had a love for food. Growing up with the name “Miss Cookie,” one would think that being a pastry chef was her calling, yet the journey didn’t end in CandyLand.

A dual-enrolled culinary student in high school, I decided to get my BAA and spent 11 years in Corporate America overseeing college and universities dining programs. From the University of Chicago Dining to Arizona State University and later Spelman College. At these Colleges and Universities I oversaw the daily dining operations and retail operations as Director of Operations.

During my time, you could find me in my best suits cooking in the kitchen alongside a multitude of chefs. After leaving the Corporate world, I began Divine Personal Chef Services, where my main goal is to give families their quality dinner time back.

Leaving a six-figure career to working for myself has been a humbling but the most rewarding transition.  In December of 2015 my son and I watched a movie called ‘The Chef” he suggested “Mom why don’t we start a Food Truck” In order to build capital I posted an ad on care.com to assist families with dinner time or small errands and the rest is history.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The road has been curvy, crazy but also Divine… my name means Divine, and I truly believe that allowing things to just happen is the best way. God makes no mistakes…! It got easier once I let him lead and stop trying to be in control.

Starting out making 12 dollars an hour after leaving corporate America, barely making it, was a challenge… however one client’s review leads to another and another. I’m tired most days, however being able to grind and take care of my son on my own terms is amazing.

Divine Personal Chef Svs – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
My company is called Divine Personal Chef Svs. I’m a service company that provides in-home meal prep, dinner parties, and small catering and family meal prep delivery. I provide all the domestic services that you may need as a growing family, child pick up, maid services etc. The company is four tiers.. Personal Chef Services, Meal Prep, Farmers Market Vending and Domestic services. In the near future I would like to build these tiers out.

I specialize in providing a restaurant experience each meal you have at home. With the corporate ladder climb, Families don’t get to spend time together during dinner time which is one of the things I feel homes are missing in this era.

I am most proud of families that have children who are picky eaters who love my food. It’s very rewarding to give families that reassurance that their meals are taking care of and they have one less worry.! Being in corporate America is challenging enough, being able to assist is awesome for me.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
One of my proudest moment thus far is being able to work with non-profits and use my gift to help them.  After leaving corporate America I served with Global Purpose Academy as their volunteer chef. It was the most humbling experience during the begining stages of my business. I have worked with organizations such as Love Beyond Walls and B Fly Girls and the Life Church Marietta where I serve as Co-Director of the Culinary Ministry. I have always felt that when we take care of Gods people and his house. He will surely take care of you and your home.

My ultimate goal is to build out my company tiers so I can start a non-profit called Dignity Dining. A restaurant experience for those experiencing tough times. I would use my food truck for the 501C to raise money for the restaurant.

The other fond  moment would be joining the farmers market community this past summer. Many communities are food desserts and selling my vegan cheesecakes and vegan spinach dips, non-traditional hummus… green pea, lima bean, and black eye peas was so amazing. I was a vendor at Smyrna Farmers Market, Serenbe Market and West End Farmers market. Hoping to expand my locations and bring the product to some small cafes.

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